Monday, 11 January 2016

Beating The January Blues

Tips to beat the January blues

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I must admit, January is quite a dull, down month. The festivities are over, the dieting ads on TV making you feel bad, the twinkling lights are down and the magical atmosphere has disappeared. I haven't had a great start to the new year with my anxiety but even though I'm finding school very tough to go to, my overall mood has been very upbeat and positive. I'm motivated with my blog, the leaving cert and looking forward to my new journey in September wherever I end up. So with all this positivity and energy, I thought I'd share what has been helping me.....

1. Home Touches: Adding a few little homeware bits to my room always lifts my mood. I have a good few different sets of bedsheets as well as cushions and two throws. When I change my sheets, I often rotate my cushions and throws and it transforms my room - It's like a brand new room! I also love to fill the entire room with fairy lights because they're so magical and cosy looking. I recently bought some copper fairy lights in Penneys for €3! Candles are also a great way of creating a cosy atmosphere and there are loads of cheap ones available from the likes of Penneys, Ikea etc.

2. Get organised: For the first time ever I feel very organised. I'm on track with my studying and I've found a system that works for me. I used to have notes everywhere and I was never organised when it came to studying. I used to get really overwhelmed at where to start every time I tried to sit down and study, but now I kind of enjoy it - even though I like to complain about it *insert see-no-evil monkey*

I've also organised my blog schedule and reduced stress in that area. Most of that was down to the response in my blog survey. I honestly thought only one person would fill it out and I wasn't sure whether to go ahead with it or not. I decided to do it anyway because I was very overwhelmed and I had no post ideas. It had a great response and everyone said such lovely things - so if you filled it out then I want to say a massive THANK YOU! I know surveys are time-consuming but it honestly took a huge weight off my shoulders.

3. Do something special: Go somewhere you've never been before. Start a new hobby. Do something that you never get around to doing because you're too busy. Recently, my family and I went to Sophie's restaurant at The Dean Hotel for brunch, and it's something I've always wanted to do. That really perked me up and I've decided that one of my goals is to make time for things I really want to do and places I want to go.

4. Pamper evenings: Are essential for me to de-stress. I've already had around five this year and there'll be plenty more where that came from!

5. Treat Yourself: I know we're all broke after Christmas, but I always like to pop a little bit of money away to treat myself to something new in January. One of my goals is to save more money this year, but I think it's good to treat ourselves every now and again, whether that's just a lush bath bomb or a Rimmel lipstick. As the saying goes 'Life is short, buy the shoes', or in this case, the lipstick ;-)

How do you perk yourself up in January?

Love,
Cliona xx


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  1. These are lovely tips to beat the January blues!! I have really been in to using my google calendar this year to get me organised! Lovely post x
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